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Dubbed the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City offers a welcome change of scenery and an array of attractions to visitors who are used to the Philippines' best beaches. The city sits in the highlands of northern Luzon and enjoys relatively colder weather than most cities in the country.
Situated in and around the city are popular Baguio tourist spots such as Burnham Park and Mines View Park, which are staples on most Baguio tours. The area is also known for its diverse art scene that shows off the best of the region's traditional creations and more contemporary installments, some of which you can find inside the BenCaB Museum.
While the city's main draws are its numerous attractions, Baguio is also home to various restaurants that cook up Filipino meals to international recipes. Sip on a warm cup of coffee while enjoying a hearty breakfast, or have a delicious nightcap at an alfresco spot by the mountainside. To help you get a taste of the province's culinary scene, we've compiled a list of Baguio restaurants that you should consider dining in during your visit.
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Choco-late De Batirol is a garden restaurant located inside Camp John Hay's Igorot Park. Unlike the popular fast-food chains that can whip up a meal in a matter of minutes, this restaurant prides itself on taking the proper amount of time to create hearty homecooked meals for its patrons.
The chefs here take inspiration from Kapampangan cuisine, which originated from the province of Pampanga, the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Taste the difference of a slow-cooked meal when you take a spoonful of their popular beef caldereta (tomato based stew), pork binagoongan (pork in shrimp paste), and dinuguan rice (rice with blood stew).
For vegetarians or guests looking to add more greens into their meal, the restaurant serves Baguio veggies and red eggs with a tomato salad. After finishing your meal, you can cap it off with a cup of their classic Choco-late de Batirol. While it is traditionally served warm to complement the Baguio's cool temperature, guests can also request it iced.
As an establishment that values nature, the restaurant also uses recycled materials to create tables, chairs, and other materials that help make it a charming spot for all visitors.
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Another great pairing for Baguio's cold weather is a warm bowl of ramen. When you're craving this popular Japanese dish, you can head to Agara Ramen along North Drive. This is one of the new restaurants in Baguio that serve authentic Japanese ramen, and you can even watch the chefs prepare the whole dish at the ramen bar, where you can also sit down to enjoy your bowl of noodles. You can choose from six different types of ramen that will fill your mouth with the classic umami flavor.
A crowd favorite is the Chuka Soba, made with broth from pork, chicken, five types of dried fish, and vegetables. Another popular menu item is the Tsukumen, which gives guests a new way of eating ramen. When ordering a serving of Tsukumen, the noodles are served cold and separately from the bowl of broth. You will then dip the noodles in the broth before eating them.
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To accompany your bowl of ramen, you can also order popular side dishes such as a plate of gyoza, chicken karaage, wagyu beef cubes, and Ebi tempura. As for beverages, Agara Ramen serves mugicha, a cold Japanese barley tea, and mugicha wari, a Japanese cocktail made by mixing barley tea with soju.
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Situated on a ridge in San Carlos Heights, the Foggy Mountain Cookhouse offers its guests a spacious alfresco dining area. The restaurant gives off a cozy ambiance as it is the home of its owner, Chef Babes Reyes. True to its name, patrons can get a great view of the landscape, often covered in some fog, nearby when seating in the alfresco area. The entire menu draws a lot of inspiration from the cuisine in the Mediterranean, which consists of healthy recipes that make use of olive oil, fruits, and vegetables.
The restaurant is well-known for its oven-roasted whole chicken, which is butterflied and marinated with fresh Italian herbs before being placed in a brick oven. Another favorite is the porchetta, which is Chef Babes' take on the classic Italian roast pork. For his version, the dish is a rolled boneless pork belly seasoned with Mediterranean herbs, red wine, and raisins.
To ensure that each guest eats a delicious meal, the cookhouse requires everyone to book a reservation at least one day before their preferred date. Chef Babes also encourages guests to pre-order as some dishes may take a whole day to properly season and prepare.
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As one of the oldest restaurants in Baguio City, Cafe by the Ruins has only grown in popularity over the years thanks to its menu of authentic local dishes. This well-loved restaurant sits along Shuntug road, about 500 meters from Burnham Park, making it an accessible visit for most tourists. The establishment features rustic wooden pieces that lend a cozy atmosphere to the whole place.
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Make the most of your visit by ordering a serving of their famous Baguio Bagnet with Padas Bagoong. Since it is located in the highlands and is close to some of the best strawberry farms in the country, a meal at the Cafe by The Ruins isn't complete without trying their thick strawberry smoothie and their home-brewed Tapuey, a highland rice wine.
If you're in the mood for a Filipino breakfast, you can also feast on their version of the classic champorado, a sweet chocolate rice porridge, or their signature camote bread. Top it off with a cup of their signature Ruins coffee or Rizal Tsokolate-e to start your day.
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Nestled along Legarda Road, this humble and cozy restaurant that features rustic wooden fixtures may not strike passersby as one of the top spots for authentic Japanese cuisine. Chaya Baguio serves delicious Japanese dishes inside their homey interiors to provide guests with a uniquely Baguio dining experience.
Sashimi is a staple of Japanese restaurants, and Chaya serves fresh dishes of various sashimi daily. Along with the usual salmon and tuna sashimi, Chaya also offers tamago, uni, and squid sashimi with traditional soy sauce.
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Another must-try when dining here is their different tempura offerings. To get a taste of their tempura menu, you can order their mixed tempura dish that already comes with prawns, squid, eggplants, okra, and sweet potatoes that are covered in breading and deep-fried to make them crispy yet tender in the inside.
For vegans, the Chaya creates an array of menu items out of another Japanese favorite - tofu. From the tofu salad to the tofu tempura, you will have many options to choose from. A great choice would be the tofu hotpot to help you warm up after spending some time in Baguio's chilly weather.
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When you step into Amare La Cucina in the EGI Alberto Hotel, you will most likely catch the distinct scent of a warming fireplace as the restaurant houses its own wood fire brick oven. As an integral part of the traditional way Italians cook pizzas, this oven helps chefs deliver authentic Italian cuisine to their guests. Each pizza is molded by hand and topped with fresh ingredients before being placed in the oven to cook at a high temperature.
Amare La Cucina Pizza offers several types of their pizza, with their signature 6 cheese pizza being their crowd favorite. Their other bestsellers are the Pinoy Boy and Alvin's Pizza. The former is topped with Italian sausages, blended plum tomatoes, mozzarella, mushroom, and herbs, while Alvin's Pizza is made with a homemade sauce of basil topped with bacon, herbs, and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Along with their selection of pizzas, the restaurant cooks up more Italian staples such as pasta, steaks, and salad. Cheese is an obvious crowd-pleaser at Amare La Cucina Pizza as they have created a pasta version of their famous 6 cheese pizza.
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When exploring Baguio with your loved ones, a great spot to have a meal is at Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant. This crowd favorite has remained one of the go-to places for families who take road trips to this city mainly due to their large servings at reasonable prices, making them one of the more affordable restaurants in Baguio. Most of their menu items are generally good for 3 people right away, meaning that you won't have to order much to satisfy your hunger.
A staple for large groups, whether it be for a celebration or a vacation, is Good Taste's buttered chicken. If you're looking to spice things up, you can choose their garlic buttered chicken which packs a bit of seasoning and flavor.
Along with being a perfect place for groups, Good Taste has become a usual spot to get some tasty Filipino comfort food. Make sure to try out their signature crispy pata (deep fried pig leg), pansit, and sinigang (sour soup) to treat your taste buds to Filipino flavors.
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Combining the signature flavors of Filipino food with international cuisine is at the heart of Hill Station's cooking. Their dishes have consistently gained recognition from guests who dine in and have been named one of the top restaurants in Asia by Miele Guide, a regional guidebook on Asian cuisine.
Hill Station is located in Casa Vallejo, one of the historic hotels in the province, which lends an overall old-world feel to the restaurant itself. Along with their high ceilings, the interior gives off an airy and classic vibe that has made it one of the most romantic restaurants in Baguio and a go-to spot for dates.
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When dining here, order their signature Paella Negra or Paella Valencia for a dish that showcases some of the best notes of Spanish food. To match your bottle of wine, you can try their slow roast American beef or their steak and prawn peri-peri, a South African recipe made with butter and chilies. Their versions of local Filipino favorites are a must-try as well, specifically, their Bistek Tagalog with pickled cucumbers and garlic rice that has become a house favorite.
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When deciding on where to eat in Baguio that has tasty food and a laidback ambiance, it's worth considering Canto Bogchi Joint. This restaurant sits along Kisad Road and serves filling meals at good prices. On top of this, they also fill the dining area with smooth tunes that add to your dining experience.
Spend an evening here to sit down and feast on their famous Lomo Ribs that draw crowds in. These ribs are marinated with a special house blend barbeque sauce that makes it juicy.
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An order of their lomo ribs also comes with a side of salad, soup, and your choice of mashed potatoes or a cup of organic brown rice. Pair the ribs with a serving of Canto Bogchi Joint's chicken pastel, and you're in for a meal packed with flavors and smooth textures. Enjoy your dinner with a bottle of their homebrew craft beers as well.
Once you're done with your mains, you can top it all off with an order of their signature dessert nachos. While nachos may not be the first on everyone's mind when it comes to sweets, their version is made of vanilla ice cream, fruit toppings, and nacho chips dusted in cinnamon sugar.
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As a province rich with natural resources and a climate that suits farming, Baguio is home to many establishments that create top-notch recipes with fresh vegetables. At the top of this category is Oh My Gulay, a vegetarian restaurant that creates healthy meals with the freshest ingredients.
While tourists flock here for the food, they also dine here because it sits atop a hill along Session Road with a stunning view of the city and mountains. Oh My Gulay provides a great vantage point from where you can take in the surrounding landscape dotted with buildings, making it one of the best Baguio restaurants with a view.
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Putting the view aside, though, Oh My Gulay recipes have brought countless guests through its doors over the years as well. Along with the usual salads, the chefs also offer tofu rolls, veggie burgers, meatless omelets. Some of their crowd favorites are their kinds of pasta that are made with homemade tomato sauce, bechamel sauce, or pesto. Meanwhile, their desserts spotlight fruits that lend natural sweetness to their crepes which are filled with apples, peaches, mangoes, or bananas.
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Lemon and Olives is located along Outlook Drive and brings the flavors of Greek culture to hungry visitors in Baguio. The owner, Chef Takis, hails from the historical city of Athens and ensures that all of their dishes follow authentic Greek recipes. The menu started from his very own favorite dishes that he loved to cook every day using some ingredients that come directly from his homeland.
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The space is designed with clean, white walls and high wooden ceilings that give the restaurant a spacious feeling perfect for large groups. Choosing to dine in their alfresco area also provides you with a fantastic view of the lush forests that border the restaurant. Feel free to snap a picture of your food and the surroundings, as Lemon and Olives is one of the most Iinstagrammable restaurants in Baguio.
Get a taste of Greek street food by ordering the Souvlaki Plate, a dish of grilled beef, pork, lamb, or chicken topped with a secret sauce made by Chef Takis. The kebabs are also a well-loved item on the menu. End your meal here with a serving of a traditional Greek dessert called Baklava, a pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
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Completing this list of must-try restaurants in Baguio is the Farmer's Daughter along Longlong Road just a few steps away from Tam-Awan Village. The celebration of international cuisine has brought dishes from across the globe to this province, but this establishment stands out for sticking to its roots and serving traditional Cordilleran dishes.
In line with their mission to showcase the best of the region, the whole restaurant resembles a traditional Ifugao hut complete with a thatched roof. While Baguio and its neighboring provinces are known for their production of vegetables, the natives have a preference for smoked meat or "kinuday," just one of the signature dishes of the region.
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To get a taste of the culture, have a bite of their varieties of smoked pork, beef, or chicken. For veggie lovers, you can try out the "pak-pako," a salad made with fern, vinaigrette, and other vegetables like tomatoes. Meanwhile, a bowl of the traditional Cordilleran soup called "pinikpikan" can warm you up. After tasting these native recipes, you can end your culinary experience with one of their binalsig cakes, which come in three flavors: choco mousse, blueberry, and ube.
Explore the Best Restaurants in Baguio
Baguio's natural attractions coupled with the delicious food you can find here have continuously attracted tourists year after year. Find your way around the city's food scene by browsing through the menus of the best restaurants in Baguio. The cooks here offer dishes that can teach you about the area's rich heritage while also showcasing how the city has embraced new traditions brought by the influx of visitors each season.
Aside from these restaurants, other must-visit establishments in the province are Vizco's Restaurant & Cake Shop and Baguio Craft Brewery. Vizco's creates famous cakes using the local strawberries, while the brewery serves unique concoctions such as the Lagud Strawberry Beer. Plan your trip to Baguio and get a taste of its well-loved flavors by choosing any of our Baguio tour packages.